cleaver

[ klee-ver ]
/ ˈkli vər /

noun

a heavy, broad-bladed knife or long-bladed hatchet, especially one used by butchers for cutting meat into joints or pieces.
a person or thing that cleaves.

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Origin of cleaver

First recorded in 1325–75, cleaver is from the Middle English word clevere.See cleave2, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for cleaver

cleaver
/ (ˈkliːvə) /

noun

a heavy knife or long-bladed hatchet, esp one used by butchers
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Scientific definitions for cleaver

cleaver
[ klēvər ]

A bifacial stone tool flaked to produce a straight, sharp, relatively wide edge at one end. Cleavers are early core tools associated primarily with the Acheulian tool culture.
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